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Senate Proposal to Protect Constitutional Rights to Hunt, Fish Passes Committee

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2013) – An initiative authored by State Sens. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) and Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) to protect Hoosiers’ rights to hunt and fish passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources today.

Senate Joint Resolution 7 is a proposal to amend Indiana’s constitution to guarantee residents the right to hunt, fish, harvest game and engage in agricultural production of meat and dairy

“Indiana is an agriculture state, and many Hoosiers rely on these types of activities every day to make a living,” Steele said. “Fishing, hunting and farming are fundamental parts of Indiana’s heritage, and worth preserving.”

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, seventeen states have passed similar proposals and guaranteed these rights to residents.

“This resolution was heavily favored by our state’s agriculture community and the Indiana Farm Bureau,” Yoder said. “I grew up hunting and fishing, and I enjoy being able teaching my kids the skills I’ve learned over the years. By passing this resolution, we can ensure that future generations will be allowed to do the same.”

SJR 7 passed out of committee 7-0 and now moves to the full Senate for further consideration. For an up-to-date copy of the resolution, click here.